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Credit, Credeit, Crydit, n. Also: credite, -yte, -ytt, creddit(e, credet, (creaded), cradeit, cridet, crydet(t. [e.m.E. crededit, -ite, -yte (1542), OF. credit, L. crēditum.]

1. Belief, faith, trust. Usu. in to give credit. With purpois to haue gevin na credit to thir ymaginaciouns; Bell. Livy I. 111/8.
The Inglismen gifis ferme credit to diuerse prophane propheseis of Merlyne; Compl. 82/22.
Thay seek no ferther credyte bot quhen thay aggre with the Scripturis; 1559 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 274.
The buik of the Makabeis … wes not the ditment of the spreit of God, and sua na cradeit aucht to be gevin thairto; 1575 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 112.
Never ane gave credeit to ane vther, bot evirie man raid in feir of weer; Pitsc. II. 291/8.

2. Evidence or testimony of being accredited. I persave that ȝe think the credit sent fra me be John Dowglas to be of [our] greit importance to be sent by moutht; 1545 Bk. Carlaverock II. 25.
We ressavit your grace writingis … fra the berar and hes hard his cridet at lynth; 1558 Corr. M. Lorraine 430.
I am enforceit to mak the samyn [supplicatioun] be a mediat persone, quhomeby I haif gewin credeit; 1606 Highland P. III. 87.

3. Reputation, repute, or standing, in respect of reliability, honesty, etc. (a) Thair credytt was defaced at the handis of suche as befoir war not eschamed to have used thair counsall; Knox II. 266/7.
Fra he in court in credite grew He did ay change the court anew; 1567 Sat. P. xvi. 26.
I haif nocht mekle credite in that toun of burges men; 1584 Waus Corr. I. 286.
(b) Seing the Erll Bothvile cum in credeit he flatterit him; Buch. Wr. 47.
The moir planelie thair poysone thai expres, The les thai caus thair credeit to incres; Maitland Maitl. F. lxxxviii. 29.
My sut now … is to wndirstand … what schalbe my credeit; 1614 Highland P. III. 164.
Ine ane singular combat, quhairvnto the said Capitan Harie was vrged and drawin by the grittest respectis of credeit; 1621 Crim. Trials III. 502.
(c) Undir the pane of … tinsall of perpetuall honour, estimatioun, honestie, and crydett; 1565 Reg. Privy C. I. 329.
All the moyane and crydite I hef salbe extendit in the Lairdis favour; 1583 Wemyss Corr. 79.
In … all uther places whair ye haue gotten crydet; c 1588 Cath. Tr. 252/21.
Therefter all wrytis … sall have no faythe nor crydet quhaire evir they be fand; 1620 Rec. Aboyne 261.
Robert Ross is becum cautioner and souertie … for her crydet, lawtie and honestie; 1641 Rec. Old Aberd. I. 70.

b. Good faith; trustworthiness. How could thow keip thy credit to ane other? 1567 Sat. P. xxxvi. 77.
Sum … notable persounes ar elected … to quhais creddit and faithfulnes … the Quene is commendet; Dalr. II. 264/20.
Quhilk … makes mekle to the credit of the hail historie; Ib. 375/9.

4. Trust or charge committed to one; care or custody. He hes send writtingis to my Lord of Arrane, with ane servand in creddite, to assure him of his assistance; Knox III. 55.
Maister Johnne hes trewlie … dischargeit his charge and devoir in the materis committit to his credit; 1569 Reg. Privy C. II. 6.
Ane serwand of my lord regentis quha … had gret creddit of all his secreittis and wreittingis; Pitsc. II. 237/16.
Sum ane … quhome he sall think meit to commit the cair, credeit, and diligence of this mater unto; Bisset I. 268/14.
Forsameikle as the servants … hes the whole credit of thair maister's stuff and everie guid and gear; 1636 St. A. Baxter Bks. 52.
William Dowglas … had the credite of the keyes manie times; Calderwood II. 403.

5. Lending on trust. There is no credeit, bot of necessitie The pure broder, for hunger he man die; Lauder Minor P. i. 480.
Credit and frist is quyte away. No thing is lent bot for usure; Ib. ii. 49.

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"Credit n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Apr 2019 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/credit_n>

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